Everyone needs to find a quiet space. It's the place we make time for ourselves before the business of the day sets in.
It can be sitting on the couch with a cup of coffee, going for a walk in solitude, or sitting outside simply listening to the sounds around you.
Yes, it's much easier for me to accomplish this, because I'm an empty nester. However, I really wish that I had made the time to do it when my kids were younger. I think I would have been a more present and patient mom if I had put myself first with some me time before everyone else got up. I know it has done wonders for me now.
Since I'm lucky enough to be on summer break, I get up around 6:00 a.m. During the school year, I'm up at 5:00 a.m. I have some non-negotiables I call my dailies. I do them every morning without fail, because they get my day off to such a positive start:
1. Drink a glass or two of lemon water to detox my body and rid myself of the dehydration caused by sleep.
2. Take Lady (our dog) out and then feed her, Chloe (our cat), and Lily (our guinea pig).
3. Write in my journal and organize my day in general.
4. Read my bible. I'm doing a plan where I will have read the entire bible in a year.
5. Meditate using my Calm app.
*6. When I can, I also fit in a short run before I jump in the shower.
This entire routine takes 45-60 minutes (mostly because of the run, otherwise it's more like 30-40 minutes).
Like I said earlier, I know this is probably not practical for where you are in your life in terms of the time frame. However, you need to put yourself first and give yourself some quiet space everyday. You will seriously notice a difference.
More often than not, people make the time for themselves when they get up before the rest of their household. Doing something for yourself for 15 minutes is a great starting point. What do you want to do for yourself during that time?
Believe me, you're worth it!
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.